Wander Woman

High Tea + Champagne: A Bridal Shower

by on Mar.19, 2012, under Parties & Gatherings

My best friend gave me the ultimate: a gorgeously delicious bridal shower.

Mishel, the generous bestie/maid of honor, took her duties seriously. She scouted dozens of restaurants in the L.A. area, and ended up choosing a tea room in downtown Pasadena. She found that most restaurants in L.A. wanted a large fortune to reserve private space and, horrifically, had strict policies against bringing in outside decor (like fresh flowers, a prerequisite for any party!) or bottles of bubbly. The tea room, on the other hand, was more lax about party rules.

We bought the flowers at the L.A. flower district the day before and stayed up till midnight cutting and playing with these ultra ladylike bouquets.

Mishel hatched the fabulous idea of floating a ranunculus in this delicate sipping glass. Totally enchanting…

She placed a perfect pink chocolate bar at each guest’s seat…

…and poured bubbly into vintage champagne glasses. Of course, fruit juices and French lemonade were laid out for teetotaling (ahh!) or mixed-drink-loving guests.

We noshed on tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and strawberries, and tea cake.

Here’s the hardworking hostess taking a quick breather…

My sweet bridesmaid, Margo, who flew in from New Jersey for the party, helped out a ton: She sent the shower’s so-romantic invitations and put her biceps to work hauling beverages, gifts and everything else.

Team Bride: Margo, my bridesmaid, me (in the hat!) and Maid of Honor Mishel.

At the end, each lady got an amazing parting gift: a Van Cleef & Arpels perfumed candle, Edward Bess lip gloss and little vials of perfume. (It’s official: Mishel is every woman’s favorite gift-giver.)

I was so touched to have people drive (or fly!) from all over to share glasses of tea and champagne with me. Living in Texas means I don’t get to see my galpals too often (um, at all) anymore, and it meant a lot that my close ladyfriends – and family or near-family members – came to celebrate.

Mmmm, I love parties. Especially when they’re for moi!

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9 Comments for this entry

  • Lisa Locklin

    It was truly a fine affair. Looks like your ladies really celebrated you in style. Such a beautiful group of ladies. I bet you felt surrounded by love. I so wish I could be there but we can’t wait to see you in less than a month!!! For now, cheers!

  • tangles

    Beautiful pictures… they really do the day justice! Mishel is definitely every woman’s dream party-thrower. Can’t wait for the wedding!

  • SMMS

    What a beautiful day for such a beautiful lady! I could not be more proud to call you my bestie and my family. I love you, Sis! I’m so happy for you & proud of the beautiful person you are. You inspire me everyday…

    All my love,


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  • Stacy

    What was the name of the Tea Room?

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